World Skills has been a leader in enhancing newcomers’ economic integration into the Canadian economy for over 20 years. Founded by Local Agencies Serving Immigrants, a coalition of settlement agencies in Ottawa, World Skills is a non-profit employment centre dedicated exclusively to the employment needs of newcomers and to the needs of the local labour market. We help immigrants incorporate into the workforce through employment competency building, job search training and support, cultural competency building and language training.
We connect talented newcomers to employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. We partner with employers to help them meet their labour market needs by understanding their business requirements, finding and pre-screening internationally trained newcomers and offering cross-cultural training.
World Skills has developed and successfully implemented several cutting-edge projects, including bridge training initiatives for internationally trained teachers, medical doctors and lawyers in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, and Hamilton; and Entrepreneurship Connection initiative in Ottawa, in partnership with Access Employment and Business Development Canada and funded by IRCC.
World Skills was also one of five Ontario-based organizations selected to pilot the new Job Search Workshop curriculum in 2009 and selected in 2010-11 to develop and pilot a Pre-Employment Training Program for Settlement Workers across Ontario.
Empowering Newcomer Women to Succeed in the Canadian Labor Market is a current World Skills project supporting 250 visible minority women to develop career plans based on thorough assessment of their skills, and providing them with opportunities to connect with potential employers, with funding from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC).
Our services offer a wide range of employment and entrepreneurship support to newcomers in Ottawa and are delineated as follows:
I. Job Search Support: We support newcomers in career exploration and help them integrate in the Canadian labour market through sector-specific information and training, interview and resume coaching and labour market information.
II. Workplace Language Training Programs: A wide variety of language training programs help newcomers improve their sector-specific language skills and prepare them for both the public and private sector.
III. Access to Employment Opportunities: We help newcomers network through general and sector-specific various recruitment and coaching events. In addition, we connect professionals with employers through job matching and referrals.
IV. Entrepreneurship Support: The ONE Hub offers mentorship, training and other supports to aspiring entrepreneurial newcomers to help them plan and launch their business.